Port Lincoln Off The Beaten Path

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    LINCOLN NATIONAL PARK - WILDLIFE

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2012
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    We drove our car to Cape Donington first, this is where a lighthouse is located and lighthouse keeper's cottages are available for rent.
    Just off the coast was an island, and I thought I could see seals. With the Binoculars, I could see heaps of Seals lazing around.
    As we were heading back, some Emus decided to dash across the road infront of us, and we did manage to see a couple of Kangaroos.

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    LINCOLN NATIONAL PARK - FLINDERS MONUMENT

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    One of the drives we could do was to a beach area where picnic tables were and Toilets. It was from here, you could walk to the top of Stamford hill where Flinders monument was located. At the top is a Monument commemorating Flinders voyage of discovery. From the top are views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and Lincoln National Park. The walk is 1.1kms return, about 45 mins.

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    WHALER'S WAY - PLANT LIFE

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    It always amazes me that plants can grow in such harsh conditions such as Whalers way.
    Here they have to contend with growing in rock, salt spray and more, and still the natives tend to flourish.
    One Australian native that does very welll, is the pretty native fuschia know as a "Correa."
    There are 11 species of Correas, some are prostrate, others small or medium sized shrubs that flower attractively for several weeks from early autumn to late spring. The Birds love the nectar out of these flowers.

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    WHALER'S WAY - REDBANKS

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    Redbanks, and as the name says, the colour of the cliffs is a pretty red. In this location there is beach where you can go swimming. There are quite a few sandhills for some fun and I enjoyed walking around this area, I could even see the wind farm in the distance!

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    WHALER'S WAY - THEAKSTONE'S CREVASSE

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    A little bit of a disappointment for us, only because we had been told the waves really pound into this small crevasse by people that had been here. Would you believe it was calm!!
    The Crevasse was named after a local pioneer family who settled in the area in 1889.

    I had previously read, that this crevasse wasn't man made, but formed over millions of years along a fault line. When I looked at it, I could have sworn it was man-made!
    Viewing from the top and looking down into the crevasse, it appears to be little more than a few metres deep, in fact it's around 13 metres deep with 9 metre high walls and extends some 30 metres underground.

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    WHALERS WAY - CAPE CARNOT

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    Cape Carnot has two spectacular headlands and is the most south-westerly tip of Eyre Peninsula.

    This is where you come to see the "washing machine" in action!

    This section of the coastline is a dangerous one, subject to freak waves and loss of lives. There are notices giving warnings not to go too close as four people have drowned here.
    The rocks of Cape Cornot are said to be amongst the oldest known in South Australia. Nearby is Mainsail Break, also known as Wreck Reef. The spray from the surf at this location rises to 46 metres. Don't know about you, but I love watching these wild seas!

    At Cape Carnot, you may also spot Whales at the "right" time of the year.

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    WHALER'S WAY - BLUE WHALE BAY

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    Another beautiful bay, this time with cliffs 122 metres high.
    This Bay is where you may see Dolphins, and in Whale season, passing Whales.
    It is named after the Blue Whale, the largest mammal on earth when fully grown, weighing 150 tons and is 30 metres in length. Blue whales were abundant in nearly all the oceans on Earth until the 20th century. They were hunted almost to extinction by whalers until protected by the international community in 1966.

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    WHALER'S WAY - CAPE WILES

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2012

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    Our next stop is at Cape Wiles, where explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802, named the Cape after his Botanist "James Wiles."

    Cape Wiles is scenic. The Southern ocean is angry here, crashing into the 100metre high cliff face and around the rocky islands.
    These islands have been weathered away with time by the wind and the ocean. They are a pair of golden sandstone pyramids where fur Seals come to bask in the sun. With the sun shining on them, they were really golden, but when cloud cover came, nowhere near as pretty.

    The Seals must have been out at sea fishing, for we didn't see any here, and usually I heard, there are plenty.

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    WHALER'S WAY - CARLSON'S COVE

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    Here I was at another cliff top, with another story to tell. This one is about a toothed Whale who usually was swimming happily in the deep water off the coast. For some reason, this Whale decided to come into Carlsons Cove, and area which has 106 metre high cliffs of limestone capped balsat, also an area because of being sheltered from the strong winds, Boats sheltered at. Unfortunately, he was captured and killed.

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    WHALER'S WAY - WHALE CHASER CREVASSE

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    Standing on top of sheer cliffs, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the Whales who were forced into here when being chased by the old sailing Ships . For the Whale, there was no escape.
    61 metre high cliffs, hardly room for a Whale to turn around in to try and swim to safety, it must have been a terrifying time for the Whales.
    Thankgoodness, these days are over in these waters, but not elsewhere in the World.

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    WHALERS WAY - THE SWIMMING HOLE

    by balhannah Written Jun 14, 2012

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    Just a short drive and another sight, "the swimming hole."

    Sounds nice, especially on a hot day. Your mind might change about taking a swim, unless you are young and fit, adventurous, or perhaps old and fit, for to get to the swimming hole isn't easy.
    Located on the side of the cliff is a ladder leading down to the sea. It didn't look very safe to me, plus, too cold a day for swimming [my excuse!]
    Quite a pretty area, peer over the side of the cliff to see the crystal clear water in this sheltered area.

    Be warned 'A VERY STEEP CLIMB"

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    WHALERS WAY

    by balhannah Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Located about 32kms from Port Lincoln, is the privately owned Whalers Way.
    As it's this distance, you need a car or to come here on a tour.

    If coming on your own, then you need to go to the Tourist Information centre and pay $30 entry fee for the car, and a key deposit for a key to open the locked gate. The deposit is returned to you when you return the key.
    As it happened on the day we went, the office at the gate was manned, but I wouldn't rely on this always happening.
    All the roads are dirt and some are corrugated, so if you don't like driving in a 2WD on these types of roads, then it's best not to come.

    After entering, on the LH side of the road is a Whale blubber pot, not the biggest I have seen, but still a good size.
    We were given a "mud" map at the office, [they check that you have paid], then continued on our way to the 1st signposted view point.
    There was a car park, then the track led through to Pelamis Point, which is a 46 metre high cliff overlooking Fishery Bay, a popular surfing point. The Cliffs in places were coloured quite a bright yellow ochre, rather attractive ovelooking the nice blue sea.

    Want to know more?

    You care to join me as a "virtual companion," I will show you some more sights in the following tips, then you can decide if you wish to come or not"!

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